Welcome to the #BlackBlogsMatter challenge! Throughout the 28 days of February, my posts will not (necessarily) be about HR, Leadership or Management topics.
Cultural appropriation is the use or adoption of elements of one culture by members of another culture.
I’ve heard a lot of people will say “What’s the big deal? Imitation is the greatest form of flattery” … I call shenanigans and bull$#!+ on this.
Yep. You read that right … Cultural appropriation is racist.
Why? Because it perpetuates and upholds the stereotypes that keep systems of oppression alive and kicking. Anything that does these things is racist.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself to determine if you’re crossing the line:
The line between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation is very, very thin. If you are unsure which side of line you’re on, the most appropriate thing to do is stop. Instead, find a way to put a new spin on your own culture and represent that instead.
Tune in tomorrow for Day 6 – Black Card Revoked